Sunday, May 17, 2020

The 100 Blue Edition

From Aquadive -
Courtesy of Aquadive
This one is a bit special.  Now regular readers will know that I spent a little over three years with DOXA Watches in North America.  And I have no problem with saying what I am about to say -
DOXA have lost their way.  I could go on and on, but let's just leave it there for now.  

Aquadive is perhaps one of the few remaining options for those looking for an iconic dive watch, with some history, that is well made, where you might have a hope in hell of dealing with a human being on the other side of the phone line with questions or customer service needs, and you're not paying over $5,000.  And as the move to online shopping for watches has accelerated from a brisk pace to warp speed, most brands are learning some difficult lessons.  Among them?  You actually need to give some localized customer service.  And Aquadive has you covered in that area.

But let's get back to the watch in question -
Courtesy of Aquadive
Like every Aquadive I've personally worn, the lume is strong with this one.  

The case is of stainless steel and measures 43 x 49 x 12.5.  The casebook and crown screw down to ensure water resistance to 1000 meters.  

The movement is ETA's 2824 Elabore grade.  And the 100 Blue is secured to your wrist with an ISOfrane rubber strap.

Here are the pertinents -

Aquadive 100

42.9mm diameter, 49mm lug-to-lug

12.5mm, case including case back 14.00mm

Case material: 316L surgical stainless steel
Helium release valve: automatic HRV at 6 o’clock

Bezel: 43mm uni-directional ratcheting 120-click rotating, with blue ceramic timing ring

Dial color: blue

Luminescence: Super LumiNova markers and hands

Water Resistance: 100bar (approx. 1,000 meters/3,333 feet)

Strap: ISOfrane rubber strap with signed pin buckle or optional stainless steel mesh with foldover clasp

Caliber: ETA 2824-2 Elabore grade

Functions: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds, date

Size: 11.5″

Adjustment: Adjusted to 5 positions with certificate provided

Power reserve: 42 hours (fully wound in lab)

Winding: Self-winding

Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)

Jewels: 25

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